Here’s How the City of Mississauga Has Been Helping Businesses Get Through COVID-19

 

Everyone knows that the last couple of months have been extremely hard on business owners, many of whom have had to shut their doors, lay off staff, and wonder if they'll even have enough support to keep their business afloat.

What you may not know is that the City's Economic Development Office (EDO) has been helping struggling businesses in various ways.  In response to the pandemic, EDO assembled a dedicated team of business advisors that provide one-on-one support and guidance to entrepreneurs and business owners, helping identify solutions that best meet their needs.

To make information more accessible to businesses, the Mississauga EDO launched the COVID-19 Business Relief Portal - an important tool to identify relief programs and incentives that best fit each business' specific needs. The portal also acts as a convenient one-stop site for businesses to get all the latest government updates and info on relief packages.

"Our Economic Development Office is here and ready to support our businesses, small and large, with one-on-one support," said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. "Recovery will take a Team Mississauga effort. We must remain focused on our collective goal - to ensure our local economy and our business community can not only survive but thrive after this pandemic,” added Crombie.

With the COVID-19 Business Relief Portal, business owners can search through various financial aid and support programs, filtering by program type and industry sector to easily find the programs that are best equipped to help them.

In an effort to provide more business training and support, the EDO has also started offering free business webinars for small and medium-sized businesses in Mississauga to help them respond to the pandemic and stay afloat.

Webinar topics include improving your social media tactics, learning how to properly market yourself during a crisis, and shifting to a more online business. Past and upcoming events can be seen here.

"The Economic Development Office, including the Mississauga Business Enterprise Centre (MBEC) is here for our businesses as we continue to be operational and accessible by phone, email and online," said Bonnie Brown, Director of Economic Development.

"It's no longer business as usual, so we continue to look at new ways that we can support local businesses and provide helpful resources during these challenging times."

While businesses in the city will reopen eventually, it won't be an easy process for everybody, and many business owners may struggle to get their business opening smoothly.

Those who need help are encouraged to visit the COVID-19 Business Relief Portal today and see how the city can help them get back on their feet.

For the latest news and updates, be sure to follow Mississauga EDO on Facebook and Twitter.

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